AUGUSTA, Ga. (WJBF) -The Boys and Girls Club building on Division Street is set to be completely rebuilt. Club leaders broke ground on the massive project Tuesday. The E.W. Hagler Boys and Girls Club is the oldest in the CSRA and hasn’t had a major renovation in 55 years. 300 children are registered to the club and with the new facility, they hope to enroll more kids from the Harrisburg area.
The plan is to strip the building down to the steel foundations and completely rebuild it with added classroom space, an air conditioned gym, and increased computer access.The project will cost 3.7 million dollars but club leaders say the renovations are necessary to give children the technical skills they need. “We need to make sure that we’re capturing the over 1000 young people that live here in this neighborhood, and make sure that they have access to the education and skills training that they’re going to need to participate in all this growth that’s happening right around them,” said Julie Kennedy, the Public Relations Representative for the Boys and Girls Club of the CSRA
Club leaders hope the building will be ready in time for the start of the next school year.